Senior Supply Chain Planner

Terumo Medical Corporation

Somerset, NJ, USA

Full time

Jan 2

Terumo Medical Corporation (TMC) develops, manufactures, and markets a complete, solutions-based portfolio of high-quality medical devices used in a broad range of applications for numerous areas of the healthcare industry. TMC places a premium on providing customers with world-class products, training and education programs that drive clear economic value, better clinical outcomes and improved quality of life for patients. TMC is part of Tokyo-based Terumo Corporation; one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers with $5+ billion in sales, 20,000+ employees worldwide and operations in more than 160 nations. Terumo Medical Corporation is comprised of two strategic business divisions: Terumo Interventional Systems and Terumo Medical Products.

Job Summary

Sr Global Supply Planner will be responsible for supporting all elements of supply, inventory, and Supply Chain project planning activities for the assigned product/customer portfolio. This individual works closely with the Global Demand Planner and Manufacturing sources whether captive or external.


The incumbent will also work closely with customer service to ensure customer requirements for product and information are met on a timely basis. This is an internal customer and supplier facing role that ensures that all product and project deliverables are met on-time and within budget. This position will be responsible for the accurate analysis and maintenance of product inventory to satisfy sales and demand. The successful incumbent will analyze, coordinate, and implement efficient inventory management systems for the US and Canada. This position involves analyzing unconstrained demand, developing a supply plan, coordinating production and shipments from manufacturing locations and taking cost avoidance actions. Additionally, this position works closely with the commercial & operations teams (sales, marketing, R&D, Quality, Procurement, Manufacturing) during new product introduction and related inventory control matters.

Job Details/Responsibilities

  • Associate is responsible to follow requirements of TMC Quality System; including but not limited to requirements for traceability of product, recognizing customer complaints and the requirement to forward information to QA.
  • Possess the ability to conduct multiple assessment process to analyze complex issues and present to senior management.
  • Analyze total Demand to maintain the production/purchase plan.
  • Participate and/or lead (as necessary) in monthly Sales and Operations Planning Process.
  • Develop a purchase plan for all products and initiate purchases of products from Terumo manufacturing sites or from local/foreign vendors.
  • Monitor receipt of inventory from manufacturing sites, communicate discrepancies and resolve problems.
  • Communicate and lead discussions with sales management on any production issues, stock availability and forecasts.
  • Interact with Customer Operations on stock availability for Domestic business and Global Trade Compliance for Import and Export business.
  • Act as a liaison between shipping/receiving and all functional areas related to any inventory issues.
  • Review open order/backorder report, slow moving report and short expiring reports with senior leaders and take necessary action to increase inventory turnover and reduce inventory write-off.
  • Provide direction, guidance, and leadership to the cross functional teams related to service, inventories, supply planning, transportation and distribution issues. Also review procedures and policies established by TMC Corporate office and assure appropriate communications to all affected associates.
  • Participate on new product launch teams, providing input and raising concerns on scheduling and resource allocation.
  • Participate in project performance team meetings on behalf of the job unit in order to provide ideas, methods of processes for unit/company performance improvement.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)

  • A proven track record of delivering supply chain excellence with impact to bottom line results, operating profit, expenses and inventory efficiency. Applies business insight (e.g., knowledge of the business strategy and goals, external industry dynamics, etc.) to deliver more effective performance.
  • Customer focused
  • Strong interpersonal skills essential to effectively interact with all teams, areas and levels of business affecting the supply process.
  • Good facilitation skills with the ability to operate effectively at all levels within the organization and foster collaboration and communication across diverse global and cross-functional teams.
  • Self-starter with ability to complete projects independently, efficiently and with minimal supervision.
  • Strong time-management skills to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work independently and to solve complex problems, applying expertise in business intelligence and data solutions to drive best practices and innovative solutions.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change and will champion the advancement of new information that will enhance the ability of management to lead the business.
  • Knowledge of Supply Planning or other software related to demand planning is preferred.
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of ERP/ MRP, Inventory Strategies, and Sales and Operations Planning.
  • Proficiency in Advanced Supply Planning ERP with a preference for IBP/APO experience or supply planning functionality
  • Perform all activities in compliance with relevant GMP and Quality Systems standards and specifically with FDA Quality System Regulation and EN46000.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Qualifications/ Background Experiences

  • Requires a B.S. Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Economics, or similar.
  • Specialized training or Technical certifications a plus (ex. APICS)
  • 5 years of experience in Supply Chain.
  • Must have prior experience managing suppliers and inventories.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work with all functions and levels within the organization.
  • Must be analytical in thought and able to problem solve complex tasks.
  • Strong Excel skills are desired.
  • SAP experience in an MRP environment strongly preferred
  • SAP IBP experience strongly preferred (or other Advanced Planning ERP system)


It is Terumo’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As a Company, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

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